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The pristine waters of America's Arctic Ocean are in danger. These waters provide critical habitat for iconic species such as polar bears, whales, and walrus that are already suffering the effects of dramatic climate change. Little is known about this region and about how this region may be affected by oil drilling.

Approving oil drilling is a move away from a clean energy economy and towards a deeper reliance on dirty fossil fuels while putting our Arctic Ocean and the wildlife that thrive there at unnecessary risk. Ultimately, drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean is not consistent with a responsible course to combat climate change, something the President has committed to in his second term.

Additionally, after the failures of Shell Oil's drilling efforts last year, the Administration needs to reassess its course before moving forward with drilling. Putting oil drilling rigs into sensitive waters could have catastrophic effects. Information is missing to assess the impacts of drilling, let alone responsibly manage it. And no technology currently exists to clean up oil spilled in frozen seas.

Urge Secretary Jewell to re-evaluate offshore oil drilling in these remote waters.

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To: Secretary Sally Jewell, US Department of the Interior

Allowing oil drilling and development in the pristine and remote waters of America's Arctic Ocean is a risky and unnecessary venture. Government scientists agree that more data is needed to fully understand the impacts of an oil spill in this sensitive region. Given this, I urge you gather vital missing baseline data and reassess oil spill response capacity before moving forward with leasing and drilling in the Arctic Ocean.

This remote region is one of the least understood areas of the world, and an oil spill would devastate endangered marine wildlife and would severely affect Native subsistence communities which have thrived in this remote region for thousands of years. No technology currently exists to clean up an oil spill in frozen and icy seas.

The rush to allow oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean moves us away from a clean energy future that doesn't rely on dirty fossil fuels. It puts a sensitive ecosystem at unnecessary risk. It threatens endangered and threatened species, as well as Native communities.

Please step back and reassess whether to open the Arctic Ocean to oil drilling. The massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico devastated and continues to haunt that region. Don't make the same mistake twice by opening the Arctic Ocean to unsafe oil drilling.

Sincerely,

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Jul 29, 2014 (Name not displayed) These pristine forests and the wildlife living within them must be kept alive and well for the future......NO DRILLING!!
Jul 29, 2014 Lisa Barkewitz
Jul 29, 2014 Stacey Kappes
Jul 29, 2014 Jean Naples
Jul 29, 2014 Diane Diernbach
Jul 29, 2014 Dorthea Przybilla
Jul 29, 2014 Crystal Kintner
Jul 29, 2014 Darcy Grosjean
Jul 29, 2014 Jane Heister
Jul 29, 2014 Ayesha Vavrek
Jul 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 29, 2014 Nelda Brimer
Jul 29, 2014 Anna-Cari Nordling
Jul 29, 2014 Tanya Turner
Jul 29, 2014 Sharon Lukachevich Enough.....Spend $$$ to investigate alternative energy sources - we will eventually this this anyway.
Jul 29, 2014 Marilyn Weber
Jul 29, 2014 Ash Rawal
Jul 29, 2014 Bo Rutjes
Jul 29, 2014 t Milburn
Jul 29, 2014 Cindy Schwartz
Jul 29, 2014 Leslie Rich
Jul 29, 2014 Pam Miller
Jul 28, 2014 Ann Larcombe
Jul 28, 2014 Huney Goh
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed) Think long-term conditions that support LIFE.
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2014 Lisa Peltier
Jul 28, 2014 Stephanie Dascalos
Jul 28, 2014 olga lira
Jul 28, 2014 TAY JEFFERIES
Jul 28, 2014 Darcy Grosjean
Jul 28, 2014 Nancy Ventura
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2014 Sally Barron
Jul 28, 2014 Richard Parke
Jul 28, 2014 Julie Kunze
Jul 28, 2014 Piers Stephens
Jul 28, 2014 Linda Martinez
Jul 28, 2014 Kristy Dill
Jul 28, 2014 Laurie Moss
Jul 28, 2014 Anne Bond
Jul 28, 2014 Heather Keating
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed) We no longer need dirty oil for there are clean and sustainable oil and gas out there now their dirty secret it out and clean energy is priceless! U support dirty energy for destroying our only home Earth for the profits as part of Agenda 21 thank you
Jul 28, 2014 Henriett Bourne
Jul 28, 2014 Carrie Morford
Jul 27, 2014 AKIKO SAKAGUCHI
Jul 27, 2014 Wendy Olek
Jul 27, 2014 Donna Gleaves This is the 21st century when the auto industry is still using petroleum/gasoline! Is there no energy alternative being developed that would avoid more oil spills, that would remove the threat to endangered marine wildlife! Is there REALLY no solution!!!
Jul 27, 2014 Julie Spickler
Jul 27, 2014 Ellen Reynolds

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